For a filmmaker not known for being very productive, Wong Kar-wai has certainly made headlines lately. Next week his brand new restoration for the 20th anniversary of In the mood for love will eventually debut at the New York Film Festival, followed by a nationwide tour that includes other recent restorations of his work and an eventual release of the Criterion box set. In the meantime production of his long-standing, decades-long drama blossoms Plans are currently underway for a TV version and a feature film. Now the director is returning to the universe of one of his most popular films.
Reports have surfaced from many Chinese media (about Reddit) that Wong Kar-wai wrote a sequel to his beloved 1994 romance Chungking Express. Titled Chungking Express 2020 and based in Chongqing in 2036, the Chinese film administration approved the script back in April, which means it can go on. Here is a quick summary:
In the 1990s in Hong Kong, policeman No. 223, who is in love, meets a blonde assassin. They only spend a short time together overnight. Policeman No. 663, who got over a failed relationship, gradually changed his life by a “dreamer” who broke into his home.
In Chongqing in 2036, young Xiaoqian and May are unwilling to be measured against their genetically assigned partner and are determined to find their own “fate”.
While Wong Kar-wai has already technically expanded the story of Chungking Express With Fallen angel––What was the planned third story of Chungking In the end, however, it has turned into a function of its own – it is clearly going a different route than direct follow-up. It can be seen from this brief summary that it is a loose sequel, finding more thematic connections similar to those that combine Days of being wild, In the mood for love, and 2046. He is currently only on board as a screenwriter. So if another director joins it, it could possibly happen in the near future. If the meticulous Wong Kar-wai wants to do it himself, we will patiently wait to see if it ever comes to fruition. Just don’t expect cinematographer Christopher Doyle to come back.
“Me Chungking Express and Fallen angel are a film that should be three hours long, ”says Wong Kar-wai said 1998. “I always think that these two films should be seen together as a double bill. In fact, people asked me about it during an interview Chungking Express: “You made these two stories that have absolutely no relation to each other. How can you connect them?” And I said, “The main characters from Chungking Express are not Fay Wang or Takashi Kaneshiro, but the city itself, day and night of Hong Kong. Chungking Express and Fallen angel together are the light and dark of Hong Kong. “I see the films as reversible, the character of Fay Wang could be the character of Takashi Fallen angel;; Brigitte Lin in Chungking could be Leon Lai in F.All angels. All of their characters are reversible. Also in Chungking We shot from a great distance with long lenses, but the characters seem to be close to us. “
Check out the trailer as we wait for more details Chungking Express below and read the most recent BFI Online publication an interview with the director from the time of publication.